Vice President Joe Biden Visits Eastern Carolina

Vice President Joe Biden's visit to Eastern Carolina is designed to show how the federal stimulus plan is helping improve health care and public safety in rural communities.

Chelsea Donovan shared what she saw during the visit on
WITN's Twitter page. Click here to read.

Biden and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are visiting Duplin and Wayne counties Wednesday to highlight how funds are being used. Biden is overseeing enactment of the $787 billion stimulus program.

The first stop was in Faison, where they toured the Goshen Medical Center rural clinic before heading to a fire department in Pikeville that is receiving money to build a new station.

In Faison, Biden say the government wants to help the community reclaim its vital role in our society.

He said health care is essential to the well being of communities, and that small towns and rural towns must have access to resources for the health of their citizens.

Biden said the Goshen Medical Center is a model for the future of health care in rural communities, showing how health care can be efficiently delivered to rural areas.

He said the center served tens of thousand of people last year. With money from the federal government, Biden said the center can see up to 5,000 additional patients.

Stay tuned to WITN and for coverage of the Vice President's visit to Eastern Carolina.

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